Selling Hopkins (2007) – By Josh Samford

 Although I’m not sure whether filmmaker Scott Eathorne would agree or not, but if you’ve ever wondered what a romantic comedy might look like if David Lynch directed it – I think Selling Hopkins is a pretty decent interpretation of that. Not to say Mr. Eathorne was borrowing from Lynch, but while sitting back and watching the film over I was reminded of that strange "speak, pause, speak" tempo of Lynch’s films. The pregnant pause is on full display in this beautifully poignant short film that doesn’t so much seek to change the world, but point out the funny things that make us all human and display something that modern films sometimes tend to forget: character. The characters, although given a brief amount of time to really grow and spread their wings, are so beautifully decorated with detail. Hopkins seems like a short film made to get the audience addicted to the point where they simply have to see the continuation of where these characters are going. The audience is left sighing after the credits start rolling, because these people on display are simply so… cute. Simply put. I was pulled into the film and sincerely hope to see their story fully fleshed out during a full length feature.

Selling Hopkins tells the story of a young man named Tobey who is currently unemployed with not a whole lot going on in his life, at the door he meets a young woman who is sobbing and trying to sell him stain remover. She is invited in, and from there on we are sucked into what becomes their own little private world of awkward conversations and deep infatuation. The film is short but a sweet little blessing that shows clearly that the audience only needs so little juxtaposition on any given character, and that the small details and nuances brought about in the performance of the actors can bring a role to life and fill in all of the blanks. Small details such as someone putting their lipstick on incorrectly, or the fumbling of words and how oddly they come out can tell us all we could ever know about the past, present or future of any given character. Selling Hopkins is a minimalist scene based film and I hope the filmmakers can use it to grow interest in their particular style of filmmaking and hopefully earn them the shot at making a feature film – and I’m personally hoping to see a returning cast! If you get the chance to check this short out, I highly reccomend you do so. It’s a fun slice of life, and opens yout mind for interpretation. Any film that makes you laugh and makes you think, can’t really beat that can you?